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Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

serviscope_minor Re:There is actually one problem with opensource (185 comments)

There are FOSS versions available, but proprietary versions, like Eagle, are significantly easier to use.

I like and use Eagle. However, have you seen the push routing in KiCad? That looks really, really nice. Of course I haven't switched because I now have my nice component libraries. KiCad is beginning to get very positive opinions.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

serviscope_minor Re:Accusations (1134 comments)

You're a bit thick really.

I specifically stated that I would retract the accusation of sexist if he'd ever used levelled similar insults at men.

Note how I didn't very specifically did NOT specify the exact word. Since you seem either unwilling or unable to actually read my post, let me spell it out in excruciating detail:

use of the word whore != sexist

Insulting only women and not men for having too much sex == sexist.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

serviscope_minor Re:affirmative (203 comments)

It's not as bad as all that, but it's still not great.

Basically the way it works is this:

A young, energetic research employed on grant A burns themself out moonlighting on project B.

They then present the complete B as a proposal which might get funded.

B gets funded and they use the money for B to work on C.

Risky stuff does get done, and using exactly the same money but the funding bodies are entering into the fiction that they're involved in the risk. Of course they are since the money has to come from somewhere. It also involves a shitty life for the early career researcher.

So, the funding bodies are idiots, but pretending risky stuff doesn't get done does a great disservice to those who actually do it.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

serviscope_minor Re:Accusations (1134 comments)

And I specifically said you're sexist because you seem to think only women can be whores.

Yes and you said that because you're a total block-head who is apparently unable to read.

Allow me to explain one last time, though I doubt you'll be able to comprehend anything consisting of more than four or five words.

Whore is a perjoratave (it means insulting) term. I said he's sexist if he only uses that term on women.

How the hell you got from that to "lol u think nly womens can be teh whores lol u r sexist lol trolololol" I have no idea. That I think is an accurate representation of your thought process and mental capacity.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

serviscope_minor Re:Accusations (1134 comments)

Who's contending the derogatory part? Derogatory != sexist.

Are you simple or are you only capable of holding half a sentance in your head at one go.

I *SPECIFICALLY* said way back in the beginning that I wouldn't considerit sexist if he's ever used similar terms for men. If he only uses it for women then yes, it is sexist.

moron.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

serviscope_minor Re:Again?! (1134 comments)

Thanks!

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

serviscope_minor Re:Accusations (1134 comments)

a person using the insult "whore" is sexist

Where did I say that? In fact I specifically included a line in the original post to forestall such comments. Please go back and read the post.

Anyway, why do you think Khyber was using the word 'whore' as an insult?

Because it's almost always used that way? These days it's a derogatory term for prostitute. Even if she was a prostiture it's still an insult.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

serviscope_minor Re:Accusations (1134 comments)

Right, just because you're aware of the error doesn't mean you're not still in error. At some level, you're assuming whore woman.

The phrase "whore" is most commonly used as a pejorative directed at women (as it was in this case) who are having (as defined by the person using the phrase) too much sex. It is almost never dirceted at men, because very many people have double standards about sex when it comes to men and women.

Next time, I'll just assume you're unfairly characterizing another person.

Anyone using "whore" is an insult is at best a puritan. Unless they use similar things for men as well, they're also a sexist puritan. There's a very high chance that the person is a sexist puritan, because puritanical attitudes usually come with all sorts of fucked up assumptions about sex and those fucked up attitudes while by no means exclusively sexist, contain a fair dose of sexism.

So yes: if someone uses the insult "whore" it does indeed tell me a fair amount about the person. Certainly enough for me to characterize some aspects.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

serviscope_minor Re:Accusations (1134 comments)

Did you actually read my post?

You know the bit about how I would retract if he had ever levelled such an accusation at a man?

Yes men can be whores too. In almost all cases, however a person using the insult "whore" is sexist.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

serviscope_minor Re:Accusations (1134 comments)

Besides the fact Zoe herself admitted to being a whore publicly

Really? I don't remember reading anything about her admitting to taking payment for sex.

Or do you mean that she merely has a lot of sex? In which case take your sexist (I'll recant that accusation if you've ever levelled similar insults at man who has done comparable things), puritanical attitudes somewhere where you might find fellow people who are jealous of others sex lives.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

serviscope_minor Re:Again?! (1134 comments)

The Zoe Quinn who shut down a gamejam specifically targetted at helping women coders, because she perceived it as in competition with her own fundraising efforts?

[citation needed]/pics or it didn't happen/insert meme about how any random person can make shit up on the internet.

about two weeks ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

serviscope_minor Re:Nobody has the right not to be offended. (1134 comments)

There's no such thing as politically correct.

What's that got to do with this?

You certainly do have the right not to have threats of violence made against you.

You also have the right not to have slanderous and libellous claims made against you.

Even with the laws about freedom of speech none of those things are legal. This isn't about being offended, it's about being threatened and slandered.

about two weeks ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

serviscope_minor Re:What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

That still requires a metric assload of libraries to be installed on the server.

I checked on my machine. The agregate size of libX* excluding Xm and Xaw in /usr/lib is 3.5M. Add in a widget toolkit like fltk and you get another 1.2M. 4.7M is hardly a metric assload.

about two weeks ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

serviscope_minor Re:It seems they really want to annoy their custom (152 comments)

Looks like I'd better start looking for a new default search engine, because I have no intention of moving past Firefox 22, thanks to that insane new interface they're cramming down people's throat.

You're missing out: the new firefox is substantially less memory hungry than the old one. As for the interface: the classic theme restorer works well. The only thing missing is the menu bar (with the odd thing on the right hand side). Overall given my screen (1024x600) and how much I use the menus (rare), that's not terrible.

I don't know if firefox tries to do those awful client-side decorations that Chrome thought were a good idea. If it does, I've got that disabled.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Releases New Tonga GPU, Lowers 8-core CPU To $229

serviscope_minor Re:I PC game, and have zero reason to upgrade (98 comments)

What neither chip maker wants to admit is that from 1993 to 2006 what we had was a BUBBLE, no different than the real estate or dotbomb bubbles.

That's because it's total horseshit.

In 1993 we had what a 486 at 60MHz or something? In 2006 we were up to the Core 2 processors which were several thousand times faster. It's not a bubble because it never burst. We still get to keep our Core 2 duo processors and they're every bit as fast. And the newer processors have been faster or cheaper or lower power and frequently two or even three out of three.

Whereas in the other bubbles, stuff got expensive then it crashed and the same stuff got cheap again. The only value was the money and people left with the stuff turned cheap had nothing.

about two weeks ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

serviscope_minor Re:Not the correct application for this (107 comments)

There is no reason, NO REASON that Firefox should eat up 1 GB of RAM.

Firefox caches images and rendered pages so that things happen reasonably fast. A 1000x1000 colur image at 24 bit is already 3M. There is no way a modern page with an image or two would fit in a few M.

Once you have 800 tabs loaded (something I tend to do) all running JS and using images all over the place, memory vanishes fast.

There are basically several problems. Yeah firefox isn't perfect and could do with some optimization. But, many websites do pointless bloaty stuff and require scads of JS and huge images just to show some text. And then there's the browsing habits.

These days I run with NoScript, and a tab unloader, and I'm picky what scripts I allow. It makes firefox usable on my 1GB netbook. It's taking up 176M at the moment. Actually it's got a bit better recently. Even with those it needed restarting to clear the ram, but now it runs substantially longer.

about two weeks ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

serviscope_minor Re:Ummm.... (169 comments)

For example, if I were to say "you take pride in your work", you could also say that I was "accusing" you of "ego stroking". Would you find that insulting?

No, because that means something different. Words mean stuff. If you pull a humpty-dumpty and simply invent the meaning to suit yourself then no one will have the faintest idea what you're talking about.

I think you find it insulting because you believe it, and find that revelation uncomfortable.

Not really no, I was trying to educate you. You asked which post was insulting. I answered telling you where and why. You're now accusing me of ego stroking and trying to make up the meaning of things to prove your point.

Basically you tossed out some insults, seemed surprised that you were modded -1, asked for clarification then insulted the person providing it.

Come to think of it I remember you trolling XKCD threads before. Maybe one day you'll learn that it is simply a matter of taste, and that yes, throwing around insults on slashdot will get you downmodded.

Seems unlikely however.

about two weeks ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

serviscope_minor Re:Ummm.... (169 comments)

Name one.

You really want to do this?

http://news.slashdot.org/comme...

You said:

I have a different theory. His comic appeal to people who merely believe themselves to be above average. Like the 'Big Ban Theory' or the bad joke that is new 'Cosmos' series. Presumably a show for 'geeks' that has broad consumer appeal because everyone wants to believe that they're smarter than the people around them.

You're accusing people of ego stroking. That's simply throwing insults.

about two weeks ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

serviscope_minor Re:Ummm.... (169 comments)

Wow, did I strike a nerve!

Not really no. The downmod as flaimbait is entirely fair.

You don't like XKCD (or apparently any other webcomic) and that's fine, you have different tastes to some people here.

However, youre using that mere difference of opinion to hurl unwarranted and unjistified insults at people who do like it. In other words you're baiting people to flame you by insulting them over nothing more than a difference of taste.

That's not striking a nerve and doen't justify your actions, it's slashdot's moderation system working exactly as designed.

about two weeks ago

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Ask slashdot: Clusters on the cheap?

serviscope_minor serviscope_minor writes  |  about 3 years ago

serviscope_minor (664417) writes "Dear Slashdotters,

A friend of mine has recently started a research group. As usual with these things, she is on a shoestring budget and has computational demands. The computational task is very parallel (but implementing it on GPUs is an open research problem and not the topic of research), and very CPU bound.

Can slashdotters advise on a practical way of getting really high bang for buck? The budget is about 4000 GBP (excluding VAT/sales tax), though it is likely that the system will be expanded later.

The computers will probably end up running a boring Linux distro and Sun GridEngine to manage batch processing (with home directories shared over NFS?)."
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Best removable storage filesystem for Linux?

serviscope_minor serviscope_minor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

serviscope_minor (664417) writes "What filesystem do you use for portable disks, especially large ones, under Linux? FAT is simply not very good. Using a proper filesystem (e.g. ext3) preserves the read/write permissions of the original machine which is rather annoying when the disk is moved to a different machine with differet user IDs. So is there a way to have a good filesystem that supports all the unixy things such as symlinks, and an execute bit, but does not require lots of chown'ing as root when moved to a different machine?"
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ARM Based netbook.

serviscope_minor serviscope_minor writes  |  more than 5 years ago

serviscope_minor (664417) writes "Shopping in Robert Dyas of all places (note to non English readers, this is a fairly generic hardware store and has only a small selection of electronics at best) I noticed Inkia ARM based netbooks being advertised, though careful readers will note that the specs seem to differ slightly. The specs are the usual netbook ones along with an 800x480 screen 64Meg RAM, 1G flash and a 400 (or maybe 533MHz) Samsung ARM processor and WinCE. So, it looks like the first non-x86 netbooks have arrived. Sadly, this one is rather expensive, being slightly cheaper than the EEE 2G, with a painfully small amount of RAM, less storage and battery power. But this brings up several interesting questions: are they going to get much cheaper, are there ones with more memory, and will it run OpenBSD? The specs are very similar to the Sharp Zaurus 3000 series which runs OpenBSD very well, but running Firefox in 64M is somewhat painful."
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Liquid explosives: no danger and no plot.

serviscope_minor serviscope_minor writes  |  about 6 years ago

serviscope_minor (664417) writes "It has already been established in a previous article that bringing down an aircraft with liquid explosives mixed on a pllane would be very difficult. The men accused of the plot werer brought to trial and a verdict has now been reached. There was not enough evidence to convice any of them of targeting a plane. So apparently, there was not much evidence of a plot that could not have worked anyway."
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Good profiling tools for C/C++ unser un*x?

serviscope_minor serviscope_minor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

serviscope_minor (664417) writes "It should be well known to any developer that you should only optimize parts of a program which need optimizing. And the way to find those parts is through profiling. This simplifies one point: profiling is difficult. The obvious way is to enable profiling in the compiler and use gprof, but this has problems. Firstly there is no point in profiling a program without turning on -O3 (or which ever), since this can change the results dramatically. Secondly, -O3 will inline functions which can ruin profiling results by making them far too coarse. Even if it doesn't do this, there is no way of determining which part of a function is taking up all the time. So that brings me to my question: does anyone know of profiling tools which do not suffer from these problems? My platform is C++ (using g++) on Linux."
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serviscope_minor serviscope_minor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

serviscope_minor (664417) writes "You heard earlier today that Dell will be shipping Ubuntu on selected models. Naturally, this is interesting to slashdotters. However, the interest generated by a wider audience will ultimately be more important. Well, apparently, this is the 3rd most popuar topic on the BBC at the moment. So apparently this is interesting to a general audience. I believe that this bodes very well for the future."

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